I kinda wanted to share with y'all a really cool thing that happened in Seattle today. I manage a coffee shop, and my shop stayed open for 24 hours today for the sole reason of supporting the LGBT community.
So I was able to witness history with the first signings of marriage licenses in Washington to LGBT couples. Big ole lesbians, twinky boys, trans boys and girls, bears, dudes, ladies, women, and sassy girls alike came downtown to get married to their partners. They started lining up at around 10 p.m., in anticipation of the first signings of marriage licenses at midnight.
Hetero couples came down in the middle of the night to show support and love to the couples waiting in line for licenses (and the baristas!), and some even brought their kids to witness the event and learn from it.
We baristas made hundreds of people waiting for hours in line for marriage licenses REALLY happy by being open 24 hours and giving drink specials and just being there in the first place. Estimates were that 50 licenses would be signed per hour throughout the early morning hours. Lots of couples took tickets with an estimated time for their license signing. People were looking for warmth and support starting at midnight while waiting for their 3 or 4 a.m. time to come around. We were there for them.
I had a ton of fun with my fellow baristas for 13 hours today. The shifts were volunteer positions, and it was great to come together with my coworkers to support marriage equality. And, of course, we all made some dolla dolla billz y'all.
Now if this same thing could happen about 41 more times across the country, life would be great.
Oh, and this is what I got to wear all day: